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Born in New York, Shaquille Dunbar is a professional photographer and the owner of T.O.D Photography. T.O.D (The Optimist Dreamer) Photography was started with the belief that all dreams can come true through optimism and hard work. He uses photography to capture his client's dreams, whether they be a glamorous portrait, your personal brand, or a special event.
After graduating from Binghamton University, Shaq moved to New Orleans where he became a high school teacher. It was through teaching that he realized the best way to inspire his students was to pursue his dream. While teaching, he spent his free time capturing special moments around the city like the Jazz & Heritage Festival and New Orleans Caribbean Festival. But the essence of T.O.D Photography comes from capturing unique visual representations of all kinds of people. Shaq strives to portray the essence of each individual in ways they may not perceive themselves.
Shaq’s work has been recognized by multiple local and national publications like Shuba Magazine, NOLA.com, and Vice Media. He is also a brand photographer for one of GoDaddy’s social media marketing platform. Locally, he is the primary photographer for local businesses like K.Allen Consulting and Nola Caribbean Festival. He hopes to continue inspiring his students and commemorating the important moments of his future clients.